trinity education for excellence program (TEEP)
equipping youth for excellence
TEEP is a three to six-year tuition-free, out-of-school time pipeline program that empowers middle and high school students
to pursue excellence through academic enrichment and support, cultural and career exploration, and character and leadership development. TEEP employs alumni (in college and beyond) as counselors and supervisors.
We annually connect 120-150 young people of color in Boston to values-based enrichment curriculum that centralizes personal and community growth. The majority reside in low-resourced neighborhoods like Dorchester, Roxbury, East Boston, and Mattapan. When families are in crisis, we do our best to offer support and/or referral to secure basic needs.
The TEEP program was founded at Trinity in New Orleans and was replicated at Trinity Boston. This year TEEP celebrates its 20th anniversary and looks forward to continuing to grow and engage its community of successful adult alumni.
The Consensus Statements of Evidence from the Council of Distinguished Scientists draw from brain science, medicine, economics, psychology, and education research accounting for over 115 studies and “unite the country’s leading scholars of learning in calling for the full integration of social and emotional learning with academic instruction.” Students with the tools to set and achieve goals, establish meaningful bonds with peers and adults, and articulate their needs are more likely to graduate from college, succeed in their careers, and become engaged citizens.
TEEP’s focus is to create safe and supportive communities that address systemic racism and inspire learning, empower leadership, and affirm identity for youth by employing three essential community practices: Restorative Justice, Trauma-Informed Care, and Racial Equity Awareness and Learning. These tools center student voice and promote social emotional learning.
how TEEP works
Middle School Summer Intensive: Beginning as 7th graders for five weeks, three consecutive summers. Morning sessions focus on academic confidence through project-based curricula. Afternoon sessions focus on experiential learning (rowing, sailing, yoga, creative writing, photography). Participants meet for several community-building events during the school year.
High School Leadership Development Program (LDP): Graduates of the middle school program participate as mentors to their younger peers, serving as paid counselors and participating in year-round programming. Programming includes counselor training, academic tutoring, college access support, overnight retreats, leadership opportunities and professionalism training.
Our formal evaluation of end-of-program SEL skill gains indicate that in one year:
gain in overall SEL development for 53 youth assessed
gain by the rising 8th graders was the largest improvement
47% and 65%
average SEL gains for rising 7th and 9th graders respectively
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